Some believe that it may have been chosen because violets are said to have grown abundantly in Washington Square and around the buttresses of the Old University Building.
Others argue that the color may have been adopted because the violet was the flower associated with Athens, the center of learning in ancient Greece.
The torch is depicted on both the NYU seal and the more abstract NYU logo, designed in 1965 by renowned graphic designer Tom Geismar of the branding and design firm Chermayeff & Geismar.
The article documented that these conditions included confiscation of worker passports, forced overtime, recruitment fees and cockroach-filled dorms where workers had to sleep under beds.
which eventually merged back into NYU in 2014 forming the present Tandon School of Engineering.
After the sale of the Bronx campus, University College merged with Washington Square College.
According to the article, workers who attempted to protest the NYU contractors' conditions were promptly arrested.
From 2007 to 2018, NYU experienced a 114% increase in applications to its university system, increasing from around 35,000 applicants to nearly 85,000 in 2019.
Under Sextons leadership, NYU also began its radical transformation into a global university.